13.2.2013 Volvo improves automatic model efficiency
Extensive CO2 and fuel efficiency gains with no price changes on new automatic Volvos are set to deliver significant savings to company car drivers and their employers, as well as private users.
Volvo's improved efficiency means that drivers of automatic cars can receive the same benefits as their manual counterparts.
Effective immediately, new S80, V70, S60 and V60 D3 and D4 Geartronic versions will emit under 130g/km CO2 – a 4% improvement on current BIK banding. This equates to £21 per month for a 20% tax payer based on 2012/13 tax bandings, driving a Volvo V60 D4 SE LUX Geartronic.
Employers also save on class 1A NIC contributions which are also determined by CO2 emissions.
The changes have delivered an 11% emissions reduction on S60 D3/D4 Geartronic, which now produces just 126g/km CO2, (down from 142g/km) and returns 58.9mpg (52.3mpg on the previous production model). These improvements have helped reduce the BIK rate from 22% to just 19% this year and to 20% for the upcoming 2013/2014 financial year.
Another model in the Volvo range that will benefit from the latest enhancements is the XC60 D4 FWD Geartronic. Fuel economy for this model rises to 47.1mpg from 41.5mpg and it now produces just 159g/km CO2, a 19g/km CO2 improvement on the previous production model. The corresponding fall in BIK rate sees this vehicle drop from the 29% BIK banding to just 25% for the current financial year and 26% for the 2013/2014 financial year.
The vast majority of existing orders needn't take any further action as vehicles built from 11th February will automatically benefit from the CO2 and fuel economy enhancements.
Selwyn Cooper, Volvo Car UK national corporate operations manager said: "We are committed to the company car driver and we are continuing to strive to improve CO2 at every level. Business drivers are more likely to opt for automatics and we don't want them penalised by paying much higher BIK so we are doing everything we can to create vehicles that are kinder to the environment and hence, the pocket."
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